Pastavino Reopens!

With all the Covid restrictions placed on the food industry in New York City, many restaurants were forced to close. Some never recovered and their doors will not open again. Gratefully earlier this month Pastavino beat all odds and reopened in full force. This upscale Italian restaurant is located on the north shore of Staten…

“The Beast” Goes Head To Head With Bistro Niko

When on the prowl, dining at several restaurants in a short span of time, there is always one that surpasses the rest. On our maiden voyage to Atlanta the meal that topped them all was our experience at Bistro Niko located in Buckhead Atlanta. This restaurant is part of a group of restaurants owned by…

Ribs, Brisket And The Beast

“The Beast” cannot control his urges when it comes to Barbeque. Meats being smoked “Low and slow” awakens him with intense vigor. When on the southern side of the Mason Dixon Line, it is imperative to seek out and feast at a neighborhood BBQ joint that is a regular spot for the locals . In…

Steamed Oysters, Local Beers And The Beast!

It was time to “Feed The Beast” and get him a snack in-between meals. Beast Jr. and I walked across the street to meet up with a couple of friends at the “Steamhouse Lounge” in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. There is something to be said about a place like the “Steamhouse Lounge”. This is the type…

Howells (And Not Mr. And Mrs.)

You may not believe this, but “The Beast” was restless and needed to eat. Shocking, right? Needless to say we wondered upon Howells Kitchen and Bar located at 1962 Howell Mill Rd. Suite 100 Atlanta, Georgia. It is an American style restaurant serving a modern twist on classic appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and pizzas. The…

“The Beast” Gets His Varsity Letter

In downtown Atlanta encompassing two city blocks is a drive-in restaurant that can hold over six hundred diners. This behemoth opened it’s doors in 1928 by Frank Gordy and has been a hit ever since. Currently there is five restaurants, two airport locations and a catering division. The name of the place is “The Varsity”.

Pizza Rustica a.k.a. Easter Meat Pie

It is that time of year again. Easter is upon us and it has been tradition in my family since before I was born to make Pizza Rustica or as some call it, “Easter Meat Pie”. It is one of the two popular pies we make during this holiday. The second is Pizza Gran or…

“The Beast” Chows Down On Dim Sum At West Lake Plum House

It was early Saturday afternoon and it was time to “Feed The Beast”. I grabbed the mom of “The Beast” and “Beast Jr.” and off we went to West Lake Plum House in Matawan, New Jersey for Dim Sum. Many are unaware of this Cantonese culinary tradition. So before we discuss the experience and the…

Beast Braised Short Ribs

“The Beast” goes crazy over braised short ribs. The way the beef just falls apart and melts in your mouth is so satisfying. But what is braising? Braising is a combination cooking techniques. The two methods used are wet and dry heat. Generally you would first sear or sauté your food over a high heat….

Sous Vide Lemon Rosemary Salmon

If you are looking to make salmon that is completely infused with flavor, I would recommend investing in a Sous Vide. I have used my Sous Vide for many dishes but this salmon dish is at the top of the list. The salmon comes out extremely flaky and moist. This technique of cooking enhances the…